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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25140.
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Committee Activities

FIRST COMMITTEE MEETING

AUGUST 22-24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Conduct administrative actions, introductory discussions, bias discussion, and briefings; discuss statement of task and background with sponsor; receive briefings and engage in dialogue with briefers; review report writing process and project plan; review and flesh out initial report outline; make committee writing assignments; and set future meeting dates and determine next steps.

Demilitarization Overview, Mr. John McFassel, Product Director for Demilitarization, Program Executive Office Ammunition

Emerging Technologies Addressing Alternatives to Open Burn and Open Detonation, Mr. Orest Hrycak, Chief Engineer, Office of the Product Director for Demilitarization, Program Executive Office Ammunition

Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions, Mr. Ken Shuster, Engineer, Senior Technical Expert, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

DoD Open Burn and Open Detonation (OB/OD), Mr. J. C. King, Director for Munitions and Chemical Matters Headquarters, Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health

Communities and Conventional Munitions Demilitarization, Mr. Lenny Siegel, Executive Director, Center for Public and Environmental Oversight

Explosive Destruction System Presentation, Mr. Larry Gottschalk, Project Manager, Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Disposal

Anniston Static Detonation Chamber Status, Mr. Tim Garrett, Anniston Site Project Manager, Program Executive Office for Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives

Patented “Decineration™” Thermal Process, Mr. David Kautz, President and CEO, U.S. Demil, LLC

TELECONFERENCE WITH THE PRODUCT MANAGER FOR DEMILITARIZATION

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

Objective: To obtain answers to committee questions.

TELECONFERENCE WITH CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES

AGAINST TOXICS AND CEASE FIRE! CAMPAIGN

OCTOBER 17, 2017

Objective: To engage with representatives and leaders of public interest groups to better understand their concerns about open burning and open detonation and their perspectives on alternative technologies.

SECOND COMMITTEE MEETING

OCTOBER 23-25, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Conduct administrative actions and bias discussion; receive briefings and engage in dialogue with briefers; review and flesh out concept draft; make committee writing

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25140.
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assignments; and set future meeting dates and determine next steps.

The Committee’s Approach to Public Engagement, Dr. Judith Bradbury and Dr. Seth Tuler, Members, Committee on Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions

Conventional Munitions and Factors Affecting Demilitarization, Mr. John McFassel, Product Director for Demilitarization, Program Executive Office Ammunition

The EPA Position on Open Burning, Open Detonation, and Alternative Technologies, Mr. Ken Shuster, Engineer, Senior Technical Expert, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Public Perspectives (Panel): Ms. Devawn Bledsoe, Founder, Environmental Patriots of the New River Valley; Ms. Jane Williams, Executive Director, California Communities Against Toxics; and Ms. Frances Kelley, Member, Steering Committee, Cease Fire! Campaign

Static Firing to Demilitarize Rocket and Missile Motors, Mr. Jeff Wright, G-3 Chief Engineer, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command

Chemical Neutralization Applications in Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions, Dr. Valentine Nzengung, MuniRem Environmental

El Dorado Engineering’s Technologies for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions, Mr. Robert Hayes, President, El Dorado Engineering

SITE VISIT TO THE LETTERKENNY MUNITIONS CENTER

OCTOBER 26, 2017

LETTERKENNY ARMY DEPOT, PENNSYLVANIA

Objectives: Visit the Letterkenny Munitions Center, located on the Letterkenny Army Depot; visit a demilitarization operation that demilitarizes rockets and missiles using recovery and recycling; observe an open detonation event and the static firing of missile motors; visit the Ammonium Perchlorate Rocket Motor Destruction facility. No presentations.

THIRD COMMITTEE MEETING

DECEMBER 11-13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Receive briefings and engage in dialogue with briefers; work on the report draft; make committee writing assignments; and set future meeting dates and determine next steps.

Munitions Not Able to Be Processed by Alternative Technologies at Depots and Why, Mr. John McFassel, Product Director for Demilitarization, Program Executive Office Ammunition

Munitions Items Disposition Action System (MIDAS), Mr. John McFassel, Product Director for Demilitarization, Program Executive Office Ammunition

Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB), Mr. Thierry L. Chiapello, Executive Director, DDESB

Public Engagement by the Joint Munitions Command (JMC), Ms. Justine Barati, Chief of Public Affairs, JMC

General Atomics’ Approaches to Size Reduction and Munition Disassembly, Mr. John Follin, Director, Strategic Development for iSCWO and Demilitarization Technologies, General Atomics

Pennsylvania Regulatory Perspectives, Ms. Linda Houseal, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (via web meeting)

Alabama Regulatory Perspectives, Mr. Stephen Cobb, Chief, Land Division, Alabama Department of Environmental Management

TELECONFERENCE WITH JOINT MUNITIONS COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

JANUARY 26, 2018

Objective: To better understand how Joint Munitions Command conducts its public affairs activities in relation to the demilitarization of conventional munitions, especially through open burning and open detonation.

TELECONFERENCE WITH CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES

AGAINST TOXICS AND CEASE FIRE! CAMPAIGN

JANUARY 31, 2018

Objective: To engage with representatives and leaders of public interest groups to better understand their concerns about open burning and open detonation and their perspectives on alternative technologies.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25140.
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TELECONFERENCE WITH THE PRODUCT MANAGER FOR DEMILITARIZATION

JANUARY 31, 2018

Objective: To obtain answers to committee questions.

TELECONFERENCE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PATRIOTS OF THE NEW RIVER VALLEY

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Objective: To engage with representatives and leaders of public interest groups to better understand their concerns about open burning and open detonation and their perspectives on alternative technologies.

FOURTH COMMITTEE MEETING

MARCH 19-21, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Work on the report draft; identify findings and recommendations; identify points of contention; map out path to concurrence at the next meeting; and make committee writing assignments.

TELECONFERENCE WITH STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

APRIL 16, 2018

Objective: To obtain environmental information about emissions from open burning and open detonation, and learn more about characterizations of these emissions.

TELECONFERENCE WITH JOINT MUNITIONS COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

APRIL 19, 2018

Objective: To better understand how Joint Munitions Command conducts its public affairs activities in relation to the demilitarization of conventional munitions, especially through open burning and open detonation.

TELECONFERENCE WITH THE PRODUCT MANAGER FOR DEMILITARIZATION

MAY 9, 2018

Objective: To obtain answers to committee questions.

TELECONFERENCE WITH THE PRODUCT MANAGER FOR DEMILITARIZATION

JUNE 5, 2018

Objective: To obtain answers to some final questions.

FIFTH COMMITTEE MEETING

JUNE 11-13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Resolve overarching issues; agree on report main messages; finalize findings and recommendations; review report and resolve all remaining points of contention; achieve concurrence.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25140.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25140.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25140.
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The U.S. military has a stockpile of approximately 400,000 tons of excess, obsolete, or unserviceable munitions. About 60,000 tons are added to the stockpile each year. Munitions include projectiles, bombs, rockets, landmines, and missiles. Open burning/open detonation (OB/OD) of these munitions has been a common disposal practice for decades, although it has decreased significantly since 2011.

OB/OD is relatively quick, procedurally straightforward, and inexpensive. However, the downside of OB and OD is that they release contaminants from the operation directly into the environment. Over time, a number of technology alternatives to OB/OD have become available and more are in research and development. Alternative technologies generally involve some type of contained destruction of the energetic materials, including contained burning or contained detonation as well as contained methods that forego combustion or detonation.

Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions reviews the current conventional munitions demilitarization stockpile and analyzes existing and emerging disposal, treatment, and reuse technologies. This report identifies and evaluates any barriers to full-scale deployment of alternatives to OB/OD or non-closed loop incineration/combustion, and provides recommendations to overcome such barriers.

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